Big Softies are birth-to-potty shaped nappies. Big Softies are slim fitting with 2 separate thirsty boosters (included in the price) (bamboo only comes with 1 booster), meaning you can adjust the absorbency as required. Big Softies are fantastically economical without compromising on comfort or absorbency.
All the Big Softies have the same basic design. The nappies are altered into the various length settings using the poppers on the front of the nappy, there are three settings short, medium and full length. As a general rule for daytime while the nappy is in the short length you do not use any boosters, in the middle length you use one booster and in the full length you'd use both boosters. If you have a very heavy or very light wetter this booster combination may vary.
Considering this is a birth to potty nappy, I do not find it particularly bulky on a small baby or too tight on an average size toddler. I tested these nappies for over a year before stocking them first on my 2 year old stocky boy and then on my small newborn baby. It fitted them both beautifully and worked brilliantly in the daytime and night time. I had to use additional boosters to the two that come with the Big Softies at night time on my baby as he was very wet while still having night feeds.
I consider the Big Softies to be average length nappies. They therefore fit the vast majority of children from birth to potty however tall or very chubby children may outgrow them before potty training. If baby is potentially tall then you should consider the Bambini or Bumble nappies which are more suitable for tall children.
The cotton and microfibre Big Softies are both fleece lined so they keep baby feeling dry. As they are fleece lined you don't have to use separate liners unless you wish to. The Bamboo Big Softie is not fleece lined so you will need to use a separate liner with this nappy.
The Big Softies come in two fastenings nippa or popper. The popper fastening is the most popular as this makes the nappy childcare friendly however you do get a much better fit with nippas as you can secure it exactly where baby needs it. When I use the Big Softie I ignore the poppers and use a nippa around the poppers so i get the best fit. When the children go to the Grandparents or a friend i secure the nappies with the poppers only as these seem 'simpler' for people not used to using nippas. Once you reach potty training by fastening the nappy loosely with the poppers you can pull the nappy up and down if you use a popper wrap such as the Motherease airflow over the top.Big Softies comes in three fabrics| cotton| microfibre or bamboo. Microfibre is the quickest drying (few hours on an airer in a warm room) and ideal if you have limited drying facilities. Microfibre is the least absorbent of the Big Softies and should be used for the daytime only. Cotton is the most popular of the Big Softie range as it's suitable for day and night, it has an average drying time of overnight. Bamboo is the slimmest Big Softie and also the most absorbent however it is by far the slowest drying of the Big Softie nappy range.